UCLA Health is a leader in providing equitable care for patients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, according to an assessment by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
The foundation’s annual Healthcare Equality Index, released today, assessed healthcare facilities on policies and practices reflecting equitable treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.
Criteria included LGBTQ patient-centered care, patient services and support, community and patient engagement and employee benefits and policies. Among the measures were non-discrimination policies for patients and employees, equal visitation policies for same-sex partners and staff training.
All four UCLA Health hospitals were awarded the distinction of “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader.” They are Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.
“We are incredibly proud of our team at UCLA Health for providing individualized, equitable and exceptional care to all patients and families,” said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and CEO of UCLA Hospital System.
The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center was also named to the Healthcare Equality Index list as a Leader.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the education arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.
More than 600 hospitals participated in the survey.